|Perfect Strangers - Jan Krawitz|
Perfect Strangers is Jan Krawitz's 72-minute documentary exploring the continuum of altruism through organ donation. It follows the 4-year journey undertaken by Ellie, a spirited and guileless woman who, at the age of 48, decides to donate her kidney to a perfect stranger. Jan captures the thoughts and motivations behind Ellie, and others unlike Ellie, to find out what drives this character and theme...
|Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls - Nyna Pais Caputi|
Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls highlights how the preference for sons in India, as well as the Indian Diaspora in North America, leads to intolerance for girls, manifesting itself in discrimination, sex-selection, violence and "femicide." Nyna Pais Caputi's documentary is already stirring social impact, spreading awareness, and acquiring donations, all goals of Nyna's. www.petalsinthedust.com www.bavc.org/mediamaker
|SF Stories Outreach Video|
The Bay Area Video Coalition is launching a unique series of digital storytelling workshops that will increase low-income individuals' access to and engagement with digital media arts to create, tell and distribute their stories. The project is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation’s Exploring Engagement Fund. The project will engage a broad audience by using a variety of platforms including public access television, exhibitions in non-traditional spaces and the Internet...
|Very Semi-Serious - Leah Wolchok|
Very Semi-Serious is an offbeat meditation on the transcendent power of humor, as seen through the iconic New Yorker cartoon. Leah Wolchok explores the modes of these mass-marketed funnies, as well as the hidden personalities behind it. www.verysemiserious.com www.bavc.org/mediamaker
|Eye, Camera - Jessica Jones & Brittney Shepherd|
Eye, Camera is a feature documentary that follows artist Tanya Vlach, who after losing her left eye in a car accident, sets out to build a camera inside her prosthetic eye. "Vision" will be a companion transmedia project, addressing trends in the enhancement of human vision with the use of biotechnology. Jessica Jones and Brittney Shepherd explore questions and ethics surrounding human body enhancement through these two projects...
|Out In America - Jennifer Huang & Erin Palmquist|
Out in America, a 60-minute documentary feature, follows an Iraqi refugee through his first tumultuous years in San Francisco. Jennifer Huang and Erin Palmquist grapple with their subject's willingness to bear all on camera, until crisis from home sparks a mental shift. www.bavc.org/mediamaker
|Audios Amor - Laurie Coyle & Albertina Zarazúa Padilla|
Adios Amor is a one-hour documentary about Maria Moreno, a migrant mother who sacrificed everything but her 12 kids to organize California's farmworkers 50 years ago. The film is the anchor for MiHistoria.net, a transmedia storytelling initiative that engages Latina/Chicanas in building an inclusive history of their lives. Laurie Coyle and Albertina Zarazúa Padilla are determined to keep intergenerational storytelling alive, both as a history, as well as a future...
|A New Color|
A New Color tells the story of acclaimed artist, activist, and educator, 74-year-old Edythe Boone, as she creates murals with underserved teen and elder communities, using the paintbrush as a tool to inspire self-empowerment and community action. Mo Morris looks to preserve the grace and goals of this Bay Area community leader. www.facebook.com/anewcolorfilm www.bavc.org/mediamaker
|Meet The 2013 MediaMaker Fellows|
The 2013 BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship program is designed to engage local mediamakers in a year-long series of opportunities that will support project development, with professional mentorship in multiplatform and transmedia storytelling through emerging technologies, strategic social media, marketing, fundraising, and distribution. The BAVC MediaMaker Fellows program builds an engaged local community of creative media artists from diverse fields, increases their capacity for project completion an...
|Case Study: What We Got|
Project from the 2008 BAVC Producers Institute Project Director: Brad Lichtenstein (sponsored by ITVS) "What We Got" is billed as a “shared documentary/fiction mash-up about what belongs to all of us.” It is a multimedia project that includes a feature documentary/fiction hybrid movie (inspired by Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland) that tells the story of DJ Spooky's quest to discover the Commons...
|MediaMaker 2012: Charlotte Buchen|
MediaMaker fellow Charlotte Buchen discusses her project "Mix Tape Pakistan," a multi-platform project that aspires to engage Americans in another side of Pakistan with music, stories and song. For more information about the 2012 BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship visit www.bavc.org/mediamaker
|BAVC and the SF VA Digital Storytelling Workshop|
|Machinima Episode #5: The Way We Get By and Gita Pullapilly|
The movie "The Way We Get By" deals with a lot of large issues, aging in America, military service, but manages to succeed as an intimate portrait of a group of senior citizens in Bangor Maine, who dedicate their lives to greet homecoming troops. Second Life reporter Draxtor Despres welcomes producer Gita Pullapilly to the virtual BAVC studio.Every year, SF based Bay Area Video Coalition brings filmmakers together with technologists to develop new media strategies for their projects at the annua...
|Case Study: Promise Tracker|
An American Promise PROMISE TRACKER By Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster with Ivory Toldson and Takaaki Okada NGO Partner: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation In 1999, filmmakers and parents Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson decided to turn the camera on themselves and their family to document the twelve year journey they take as their effort to provide the best education possible for their African American son, Idris...
|Case Study: Return|
Video from BAVC's 2007 Producers Institute for New Media Technologies. (http://www.bavc.org/producersinstitute) Producer: Damani Baker Team: Susan James, Lafiya Watson http://www.returnthefilm.com/INTERACTIVE.html "Return" is the story of two high-powered New Yorkers and an unexpected journey to Africa. It is a story of discovery: of the secrets of indigenous African medicine, of ancient practice, and traditional healing rituals...
|Case Study: Not In Our Town|
Producer/Director: Patrice O’Neal Team: Kate McLean, Ann Bennett http://theworkinggroup.org/index.html "Not in Our Town" (NIOT) is a national PBS series about American communities fighting hate crime. It is a documentary series as well as a campaign that combines public television broadcasts with grassroots events, educational outreach and online activities to help communities battling hate to talk to — and learn from — each other...
|Case Study: New Muslim Cool|
Producer/Director: Jennifer Maytorena Taylor Team: Hannah Siddiqi, Abdur Raheem Hernandez "The New Muslim Cool" is a CPB-funded documentary about Muslim youth culture in America. Offering an open dialogue about faith, pluralism and the future of Islam in the West, The New Muslim Cool will give viewers an intimate glimpse of life in one of America's most rapidly growing and least-understood communities as it comes of age...
|Case Study: Mind Games|
Video from BAVC's 2007 Producers Institute for New Media Technologies (http://www.bavc.org/producersinstitute) Project Producer: Phillip Daniels Team: Alex Shuper, Ritesh Ramesh "Mind Games" is a documentary about the history and culture of video games - it explores the legacy of video games & their emergence as the first new art form of the 21st century. The doc also delves into the character of pro gamers, game designers, celebrity gamers, and the fastest growing group of new game players: sen...
|Case Study: Gone Gitmo|
Producer/Director: Nonny de la Pena Team: Peggy Weil "Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties," a film by Nonny de la Pena, details the shocking way that the civil liberties of American citizens and immigrants alike have been infringed upon, curtailed and rolled back since 9/11 and the USA Patriot Act.Unconstitutional makes the case for the careful interpretation of Constitutional law, exploring rising opposition to Patriot Act abuses while exposing how many of our freedoms have been un...
|Case Study: Frontrunner|
Video from BAVC's 2007 Producers Institute for New Media Technologies. (http://www.bavc.org/producersinstitute) PRODUCER/DIRECTOR Virginia Williams Team: Steve Armstrong http://www.womenrule.tv/ In "Frontrunner," Emmy-award winning documentary producer Virginia Williams tells the story of Dr. Massouda Jalal, Afghanistan's only woman candidate for President in their first-ever democratic election. At the Producers Institute, Virginia developed the Women Who Rule website – an interactive, online...
|Case Study: Calavera Highway|
Video from BAVC's 2007 Producers Institute for New Media Technologies. (http://www.bavc.org/producersinstitute) Producer/Directors: Renee Tajima Pena, Evangeline Griego "Calavera Highway" is a film slated for POV in 2008. The documentary traces the odyssey of brothers Armando and Carlos Pena as they carry their mother's ashes back home to South Texas. It is a story of immigrants, identity, and family...
|Case Study: Paperback Dreams|
Video from BAVC's 2007 Producers Institute for New Media Technologies. (http://www.bavc.org/producersinstitute) Producer/Director: Alex Beckstead Co-Producer: Clark Caldwell "Paperback Dreams" is an ITVS/KQED project funded through the LINCS program. "Paperback Dreams" tells the story of the rise and fall of independent bookstores through the story of Andy Ross, co-owner and cofounder of the landmark Cody’s Books in Berkeley...
|Case Study: America's History In The Making|
Video from BAVC's 2007 Producers Institute for New Media Technologies. (http://www.bavc.org/producersinstitute) Producer/Director: OPB, Sam Ward Team: Sean Hutchinson, Heather Young http://www.learner.org/channel/courses/amerhistory/interactives/ "America's History in the Making" is a 22-part series produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting. It examines the lives of some well-known, and many lesser-known heroes in the sweep of American history...
|Case Study: Parallel Stories|
Project from the 2008 BAVC Producers Institute Project Director: Marlene Velasco-Begue Monica is a twenty-year old pregnant gang member from San Salvador who went to prison for murdering a girl from another gang. Hers is only one of many stories explored in this documentary/new media project about gang life, violence and intercultural identity. "Parallel Stories" will allow a global audience of at-risk young people to engage in a dialogue across borders and languages...
|Case Study: Turning Up The Heat|
Project from the 2008 BAVC Producers Institute by Daniel Grossman Turning Up the Heat is an independent radio documentary and multimedia project to raise public awareness about the human impacts of global warming. It is collaboration between Daniel Grossman and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. There will be a series of radio features produced for Public Radio International's show “The World” along with an interactive website...
|Case Study: No Dumb Questions|
Project from the 2008 BAVC Producers Institute Project Director: Melissa Regan "No Dumb Questions" is a short documentary about three sisters whose Uncle Bill becomes their Aunt Barbara. An HBO film, it won awards at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001 and currently has national educational distribution. For the Institute, director Melissa Regan proposes an interactive platform to create a new model for learning and storytelling online...
|Case Study: iWitness|
Project from the 2008 BAVC Producers Institute Project Director: Joe Rubin With "iWitness," Frontline/World hopes to bring a greater number of unheard voices from around the world to the web & other platforms. More in tune with the Facebook/YouTube generation, “iWitness will encourage voices from beyond the mainstream, through video dispatches, web cam and phone interviews.” This project, currently in development, brings content like experimental web chat with Pakistani students, and raw eye...
|Case Study: International Criminal Court|
Project from the 2008 BAVC Producers Institute Project Director: Paco de Onis The ICC is the first permanent international tribunal set up to try individuals for crimes against humanity. The Reckoning is a documentary about the critical early years of the ICC as it issues arrest warrants in Uganda and puts two Congolese warlords on trial and shakes up the Colombian justice system. Through the Institute, the team will develop a social network, a casual game application for educational distributio...
|Case Study: In The Balance|
A project from the 2008 BAVC Producers Institute Project Director: Susana Ruiz (lead developer of Darfur Is Dying, MTV's refugee game-for-change) This game seeks to illuminate the flawed nature of the American prison system and the irreversible nature of the death penalty. It is based on an ongoing documentary project about six Kentuckians sentenced to life in prison as teenagers. The goal of the interactive project is to offer a range of perspectives and foster discourse about the complex and f...
|Case Study: Digital Diaspora|
A project from the 2008 BAVC Producers Institute. Project Director: Thomas Allen Harris (NBPC) This project is based on Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, a two-hour broadcast documentary that explores how African American communities have used the medium of photography to construct political, aesthetic, and cultural representations of themselves and their world...
|Case Study: Adopt Links|
A project from the 2008 BAVC Producers Institute. Project Director: Deann Liem (sponsored by Sundance Documentary Institute) "AdoptLink" is envisioned as an online space for Korean adoptees worldwide, and is a companion project to the documentary Precious Objects of Desire; a follow-up to Ms. Liem's award-winning First Person Plural, a documentary about Ms. Liem struggle with identity when she was adopted by an American family...
|Lynette Wallworth Presentation|
At the 2009 Producers Institute, BAVC invited Lynette Wallworth to come as a mentor in storytelling, interactive installation technologies and emerging media platforms. She gave a presentation that rocked the foundation of many of the producers, and led their creative development in entirely new directions. Entitled Empathy and Empowerment in Interactive Storytelling, Lynette led a rapt room of filmmakers, interaction designers, web developers, and public broadcasters through the trajectory of h...
|Machinima Episode #3: Lynette Wallworth|
Austrialian artist Lynette Wallworth was a mentor at the Producer Institute this year at BAVC in San Francisco. Her installations utilize technology to amplify and celebrate the human spirit. During the course of these intense 10 days, she engaged with filmmakers and technologists in fruitful collaboration and also entered Second Life for the first time. Certainly Draxtor Despres had to sit down with Lynette's avatar alter-ego Rasaa Mistwalker and chat a little about physical versus simulated re...
|Machinima Episode #1: Producers Institute|
Wendy Levy from SF based Bay Area Video Coalition is at the helm of the annual Producer's Institute, which brings filmmakers together with technologists to develop new media strategies for their projects. Centered around social and human rights issues, the film projects touch on subjects from healthcare crises to sex trafficking. Draxtor Despres worked around the clock on bringing SL as a possible place to engage to this diverse crowd...
|Machinima Episode #2: Chelo Alvarez-Stehle|
Every year, SF based Bay Area Video Coalition brings filmmakers together with technologists to develop new media strategies for their projects at the annual Producer's Institute. Draxtor Despres had the chance to talk to Spanish-American documentarian Chelo Alvarez-Stehle about her project on sex-trafficking, called "Sands Of Silence", which will be accompanied by a flash-based game.
|Case Study: The Way We Get By|
A 2009 BAVC Producers Institute Project Project Director: Gita Pullapilly http://www.thewaywegetbymovie.com The Way We Get By is an intimate story of three senior citizens in America as they struggle with growing old and rediscovering their reasons for living. Dedicating their lives to greeting almost 800,000 troops at a tiny airport in Maine, Bill Knight, Joan Gaudet, and Jerry Mundy find the strength to overcome their personal battles and demonstrate the meaning of community during a time of n...
|Case Study: The Waiting Room|
A 2009 BAVC Producers Institute Project Project Director: Peter Nicks http://www.documentfilms.net/Hope_and_High_Water.html More than one third of all Americans have no health insurance. And as more Americans lose their jobs, public hospitals are experiencing an increase in people seeking care. The Waiting Room is a documentary about a young band of public health executives at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, persevering despite daunting systemic and financial obstacles...
|Case Study: The Elders|
A 2009 BAVC Producers Institute Project Project Director: Marc Boothe The Elders Project is a major cross-media project from B3Media in the UK that will engage inter-generational participants using a combination of photography, oral history, video, spoken word, text and interactive digital platforms to document and preserve the untold stories of the first generation of African-Caribbean settlers who came to Britain in the early 50's...
|Case Study: Sands of Silence|
A 2009 BAVC Producers Institute Project Project Director: Chelo Alvarez-Stehle http://www.sosdocumentary.org SANDS_OF_SILENCE.html In the documentary Sands of Silence, we learn some gruesome facts: there are 27 million slaves in the world today; and human trafficking is a global business that yields $9 billion annually. Every year in the United States, 18,000 women and children are trafficked and turned into sex slaves...
|Case Study: Have You Heard From Johannesburg?|
A 2009 BAVC Producers Institute Project Project Director: Connie Field http://www.clarityfilms.org/joburg/story4.html Have You Heard From Johannesburg (HYHJ) is a new a six-part documentary series that tells the story of the global movement that took on South Africa's apartheid regime and reveals how everyday people helped bring one of the most brutally repressive political systems in the world to its knees...
|Case Study: Deep Down|
A 2009 BAVC Producers Institute Project Project Director: Jennifer Gilomen & Sally Rubin http://deepdownfilm.org To keep up with our increasing demand for energy, humankind is mining the earth for natural resources and putting communities worldwide at risk. Through an intimate, human story, the documentary Deep Down tells the story of a town deep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, where coal is king...
|Case Study: American Meat|
A 2009 BAVC Producers Institute Project Project Director: Alejandro de Onis In the documentary American Meat, producer (Alejandro de Onis) and director (Graham Meriwether) explore the impact of the recent economic downturn on industrial agriculture, and how one farmer in Virginia, Joel Salatin, is leading a small but growing group of farmers who are looking to expand the influence of local small-scale farms...
|Case Study: Finding Sacred Ground|
Can augmented reality help protect endangered lands? Losing Sacred Ground is a four-part documentary series that tells the stories of indigenous people resisting the destruction of their culture and natural habitats, giving voice to native people on five continents building a land rights movement to protect sacred sites, traditional ways of life and spiritual practices. Listen to Finding Sacred Grounds on PRX.
|Case Study: Revolutionary Optimists|
What if children led the public health campaigns in India? The Revolutionary Optimists is a Stories of Change documentary about Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer-turned social entrepreneur who has made a significant impact in the poorest neighborhoods of Calcutta by empowering children to become change agents. Using street theater and dance as their weapons, the children have cut malaria rates in half, and turned garbage dumps into playing fields...
|Case Study: Power Poetry|
What if kids used cell phones to write poetry? Roland Leguirdi-Laura's film To Be Heard is the story of a group of high school students from the South Bronx who use poetry to transform their lives and the world around them. The core assumption of the documentary is that mastery of language - reading, writing and public speaking - is essential to living an empowered and engaged life. Listen to Power Poetry on PRX.
|Case Study: Granito|
Can a film tip the scales of justice in Guatemala? Pamela Yate's documentary Granito is a sequel to When the Mountains Tremble. The generals of the brutal military dictatorship in Guatemala that appear in When the Mountains Tremble are now being charged with genocide for their role in the deaths of 200,000 mostly Mayan peasants. Yates was asked to go back into all her outtakes from the previous film to be used as forensic evidence in the criminal case against the generals...
|Case Study: Hela, Hello!|
Can a game create community between Americans and Iraqis? The US war in Iraq has displaced 5,000,000 Iraqis worldwide. Jehan Harney's film Dream of America reveals the unfolding Iraqi refugee crisis in the U.S. through the lives of two Iraqis who risked everything to support the US mission. Listen to Hela, Hello! on PRX.
|Case Study: Budrus|
How can we use technology to bring peace to the Middle East? Budrus is a documentary about a successful Palestinian-led nonviolent resistance movement. Ayed Morrar, a Palestinian community organizer, unites all Palestinian political factions and Israelis, waging an unarmed struggle to save his village from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughter launches a women's contingent that moves to the front lines...